October 5, 2016
Added link to newspaper article about Sensei Appleby on his memorial page.
September 21, 2016
Ricky Purdy, a long time Taiho-Ryu Black Belt from Dewitt, Arkansas passed away Monday, September 19th, 2016 after a long and valiant battle with Parkinsons Disease. Mr. Purdy trained primarily in Stuttart, Arkansas under the direction of Sensei Doyle Rowland, Sensei Burmick Appleby, and Sensei Garland Derden. He was a member of the highly respected ¿Stuttgart Samurai¿, which had a reputation for winning numerous regional and national titles during the 1970¿s, 80¿s and 90¿s. He will be greatly missed and his entire Taiho-Ryu family send our thoughts and prayers to his family.
August 24, 2016
This year's camp will be on Saturday, October 15. See your instructor for eligibility.
July 17, 2016
Sensei Burmick Appleby has passed away. See the In Memoriam page.
February 14, 2016
Added pictures of Sensei Hardy from the 1970s. Also added link to article in Official Karate Magazine.
August 2, 2015
Story about former Taiho-Ryu student Chuck Haralson appeared in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
July 24, 2015
CAMP ANNOUNCEMENT: Taiho-Ryu Training Camp will be held Saturday October 17, 2015 at the Little Rock Dojo. Registration is from 9:00am - 10:00am. Camp cost is $40.00 which includes a prepared lunch catered from Rx Catering. Tell your sensei if you plan to attend so that we can get a close possible student count as soon as possible. There will be three sessions lasting 2 hours. First session from 10:00am - 12:00noon. Second session from 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Third session from 3:15pm - 5:15pm. We hope to see everyone there.
June 16, 2014
Congratulations to GrandMaster Buddy Hudson for his promotion to 8th Degree Black Belt. He and his sister, Pat Hudson Whitehead, are former Taiho-Ryu students.
May 11, 2014
Added memorial page for Mr. Henthorn.
August 23, 2013
This year's camp will be Saturday, October 19.
July 28, 2013
Jim Burr, who was instrumental in the building of both dojos in Pine Bluff in 1972 and 1973 passed away today after a long fight with heart and kidney disease. Sensei Burr was a member of the Taiho-Ryu Hall of Fame. Please keep Mrs. Bunny Burr, his children Jeff and Stacy, and all of their family in your prayers.
July 16, 2013
Laura McKenney passed away on July 12. Laura and her husband Pat are both students of the Little Rock dojo. The funeral information is
- Wednesday, July 17. 6:00pm rosary, 7:00pm visitation. Ralph Robinson (807 S Cherry St, Pine Bluff, AR)
- Thursday, July 18. 10:00am: funeral at Saint Joseph Catholic Church (6th and S Walnut); graveside service at Saint Joseph Cemetery (W. Pullen and University Dr.)
June 16, 2013
You can now find us on Facebook.
May 20, 2013
Sensei Steve Dixon's mother, Janice Dixon, passed away today. Visitation is May 23, 5:00–7:00. The funeral is May 24 at 10:30am. Both are at Ralph Robinson & Sons Funeral Home in Pine Bluff (at 8th & Cherry).
September 12, 2012
Ron Turchi, Taiho-Ryu Black Belt and member of the Taiho-Ryu Hall of Fame, was recently inducted into the Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame in Houston, Texas. Mr. Turchi began his training in Taiho-Ryu in 1971 and currently lives in Hot Springs, AR. Our congratulations to Mr. Turchi on this notable achievement.
July 19, 2012
Tentative date for camp is Saturday, October 20.
July 9, 2012
Instructors' clinics are 10:00am - 2:00pm for purple belt and above.
June 25, 2012
May 10, 2012Please keep the following Taiho-Ryu members in your prayers:
April 30, 2012
Please keep the following Taiho-Ryu members in your prayers: Mr. Wayne Higman, who broke his neck recently, and Mr. Ricky Purdy who has Parkinsons's disease. Mr. Higman had surgery, but is not able to accept visitors at this time.
February 29, 2012
The shiai will be held May 12 at the Monticello National Guard Armory at 809 Jordan Dr., Monticello, AR 71655. T-shirts are $10 and the fee is $15 for shiai participants. For more info contact Mr. Thornhill (870-723-4610).August 4, 2011
Sensei Steward passed away on August 3, 2011. Services will be Monday, August 8.
July 26, 2011
Tentative date for camp is Saturday, October 29, 2011.
April 9, 2011
Shiai to be held in Little Rock on Saturday, May 14, 2011.
September 20, 2010
Next instructors' clinic is October 17.
July 19, 2010
Camp 2010 will be September 18 and 19.
May 30, 2010
Added picture of Mr. Burr being inducted into the Taiho-Ryu Hall of Fame.
October 21, 2009
Photo from 2009 Camp has been posted.
May 19, 2009
The July instructors' clinic has been moved to July 26.
March 8, 2009
Mr. Power died on March 6, 2009. Added In Memoriam page.
March 6, 2009
Added link to an online copy of the 1971 edition of Black Belt Magazine, which mentions Taiho-Ryu's very first tournament.
January 25, 2009
The shiai will be at the University of Arkansas - Monticello on March 14, 2009. It begins at 1:00pm. All black belts should meet at 12:30pm.
November 25, 2008
Updated calendar for 2009.
July 22, 2008
Camp is September 6 and 7. Registration begins at 11:30am.
May 18, 2008
The July instructors' clinic has been canceled.
January 20, 2008
Taiho-Ryu is hosting a shiai in Monticello on March 15 beginning at 1:00pm. The instructors' clinic scheduled for March 16 has been cancelled.
November 27 , 2007
Congratulations to Mr. Pickens of the Monticello dojo for winning state champion in empty-hand kata and kumite in the Hi-Blue, Green, and Purple Belt Division of the 2007 Mississippi Karate Association tournament circuit (results; photos are in the Pictures section).
October 1, 2007
Added camp photos (thanks to Mr. McKenney for those)
September 9, 2007
The date for the next instructors' clinic has been changed to October 28. Also, beginning with the October clinic the time period 10:00am to 12:00pm is open to all black belts. The time period 12:00pm to 2:00pm is open to purple belts and above.
July 19, 2007
Added camp date to calendar. Camp will be September 8–9 this year.
January 19, 2007
The January instructors' clinic is cancelled due to weather.
December 5, 2006
Updated calendar with the tentative dates for instructors' clinics in 2007.
October 25, 2006
Updated pictures page with promotions at the Little Rock dojo.
July 17, 2006
Added camp cost to calendar page. The cost for camp this year is $50.
June 25, 2006
Added pictures of pepper spray training at the Little Rock dojo.
June 1, 2006
Added two new pictures to the Sensei Putman memorial page.
May 6, 2006
April 24, 2006
Added camp date to calendar.
April 12 , 2006
Added memorial page for Sensei Putman.
March 28, 2006
Sensei Cliff Putman, a pioneer in the development of Taiho-Ryu, passed away on Sunday, March 26, 2006. Sensei Putman began training in 1971 and was a member of the Taiho-Ryu Hall-of-Fame. This is a great loss for Taiho-Ryu and our condolences go out to his immediate family and his Taiho-Ryu family also.
February 19, 2006
Master Jerry Barbar, a lifelong friend of Taiho-Ryu, passed away Thursday, February 16, 2006, at the age of 65. Our sympathy goes out to all Mahato Karate Association members, students and family. Master Barbar taught in Hot Springs, Arkansas, for over 40 years and was considered one of the early pioneers of Martial Arts in Arkansas.